National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

Other Nanotechnology User Facilities (federal)

NNIN is not the only federally supported resource for nanotechnology users. While NNIN has a broad program, it does not and cannot cover everything. Below are other federally supported resources that supplement NNIN's capabilities in various ways. Each facility has its own operation procedure and philosophy and its own technical specialization. Together with NNIN they provide broad support for the nanotechnology community.

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at NIST

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) supports the U.S. nanotechnology enterprise from discovery to production by providing industry, academia, NIST, and other government agencies with access to world-class nanoscale measurement and fabrication methods and technology. The CNST is the only national nanocenter with a focus on commerce. CNST includes both a user facility available to external users as well as in-house nanotechnology research programs. CNST is supported by the Department of Commerce.



The Network for Computational Nanoscience (NCN) at Purdue University

NCN is an infrastructure and research network for the support of computational nanoscience. Extensive resources in support of research and education are delivered through its portal at NCN is supported by the National Science Foundation.


Department of Energy Nanotechnology User Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy operates five Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs) which are open to the research community on a peer-reviewed basis.

Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory

The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory is a premier user facility, providing expertise, instruments, and infrastructure for interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Academic, industrial, and international researchers can access the center through its user program for both nonproprietary and proprietary research.


Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) integrates nanoscale science with neutron science; synthesis science; and theory, modeling, and simulation. Operating as a national user facility, the CNMS supports a multidisciplinary environment for research to understand nanoscale materials and phenomena.


The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

The Molecular Foundry is a Department of Energy-funded program providing support to researchers from around the world whose work can benefit from or contribute to nanoscience. Through unparalleled access to state-of-the-art instruments, materials, technical expertise and training, the Foundry provides researchers with the tools to enhance the development and understanding of the synthesis, characterization and theory of nanoscale materials.



Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory provides state-of-the-art capabilities for the fabrication and study of nanoscale materials, with an emphasis on atomic-level tailoring to achieve desired properties and functions. The CFN is a science-based user facility, simultaneously developing strong scientific programs while offering broad access to its capabilities and collaboration through an active user program. The overarching scientific theme of the CFN is the development and understanding of nanoscale materials that address the Nations’ challenges in energy security, consistent with the Department of Energy mission.


The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences Nanoscale Science Research Center jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. CINT’s objective is to foster scientific discovery enabling the integration of nanoscience concepts and structures into the micro and macro worlds. As a National user facility, CINT provides access to its staff and capabilities for nanoscale science research at no fee to approved users for non-proprietary research. Proprietary research may be conducted under a full-cost recovery agreement.


National Nanomanufacturing Network

The mission of the NNN is to serve as a catalyst for progress in nanomanufacturing in the U.S., through the facilitation and promotion of nanomanufacturing workshops, road mapping, inter-institutional collaborations, technology transition, test beds, and information exchange services. The NNN operates as an open-access network of centers, leaders, experts, and stakeholders from the nanomanufacturing research, development, and education community. It is a partnership between academia, industry and government that is built to foster and serve nanomanufacturing communities of practice. Information on nanomanufacturing processes is distributed through its interNano website. NNN is supported by the National Science Foundation.



These facilities are all operated independently of NNIN and are referenced here for your convenience only.